34¢ Greetings From America
Issue Date: April 4, 2002
City: New York, NY
Printed by: American Packaging Corp for Sennett Security Products
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut 10.75
The April 4, 2002 release of the Greetings From America sheet marked the first time a U.S. postage stamp was issued on the same day in every state.
The Greetings from America stamps are reminiscent of the large-letter greetings postcards that vacationing tourists of the 1930s and 1940s sent back home. In addition to the state name, each stamp contains images identified with that state.
In 1862, the first Homestead Act, with grants of 160 acres of free land, brought thousands of homesteaders to Nebraska. Lacking lumber, settlers cut blocks of sod, “Nebraska marble,” to build their homes.
The state bird, flower, tree, capital, and date of statehood appear on the back of the liner release paper.
This is the fifth U.S. pane of 50 different stamps. The first to be issued was the State Flags pane in 1976, in honor of the nation’s bicentennial.